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Laura Numeroff attended Pratt Institute intending to become a fashion designer. She instead took a class on writing and illustrating books for children and is now the author of more than 25 books including the popular best-selling "If You Give a____" series. Favorites of children as well as parents and teachers, the series puts children in semi-parental roles with unexpected and demanding animal guests." If You Give a Mouse a Cookie "(1985) was the first in the series. The most recent book in the series is "If You Give a Pig a Party "(HarperCollins, 2005). Recipient of a Parents Choice Award, Numeroff lives in California.